Definition of quelea in English:

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quelea

Pronunciation: /ˈkwēlēə/

noun

A brownish weaverbird found in Africa, the male of which has either a black face or a red head.
  • Genus Quelea, family Ploceidae: three species, in particular the red-billed quelea (Q. quelea), which occurs in huge numbers and is an important pest of crops.
Example sentences
  • The ngosha (Quelea quelea) is a small but very numerous granivorous bird that sweeps over the sky in flocks like small clouds and descends on grain fields to feast.
  • The regular loss of rice and other grain crops to large flocks of quelea led Nigeria's government to begin spraying the area with chemical control agents whose long-term effects on other life forms have not been determined.
  • However queleas are different because plumage does not signal quality in this species.

Origin

Modern Latin, perhaps from medieval Latin qualea 'quail'.

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Syllabification: que·le·a

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